31 March Friday

UDF-ruled Erattupetta Municipality Comes In Support of SDPI Councilor NIA Arrested

Web Desk (Tvm)Updated: Thursday Feb 2, 2023

Erattupetta, KOTTAYAM: The Erattupetta municipality ruled by UDF has come  in open support for its  SDPI Councilor arrested by the NIA for his alleged links with banned Popular Front of India(PFI). The UDF marked its  support at the Council meeting convened to discuss disqualification of  SDPI Councilor EP Ansari.

In the municipal council meeting held on February 1, the council  body listed in the agenda,  demand for granting a 6-month leave to Ansari and also  lend him protection. Muslim League senior member PM Abdul Khader, Congress Mandalam  President, Municipal Vice Chairman Adv. UDF coalition  leaders including Muhammad Ilyas and Welfare Party members spoke in support of Ansari while  LDF councilors remained opposed.

In the council meeting participated by 27 members, 9 LDF council members recorded dissent. Muslim League's Riyas Plamoodu and Congress's Ansalan Parykutty kept out of the meeting. However, in a 12-vote  UDF and  4-vote SDPI majority, the council passed the decision to grant NIA-arrested Ansari a 6-month leave with retrospect effect.

The UDF  currently rules the municipality with majority of its own independents and two members of the Welfare Party.